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Hello everyone!

I started this blog in order to post content on happiness and how we can find it in today’s lifestyle. Happiness is a state of mind, a highly personal thing which should not depend on how your day was or how someone treated you.

With this blog, I wanted to reach out to anyone who needs to feel happier about life irrespective of circumstances. If my blog brings a small smile someone’s face, it is a huge satisfaction for me.

Which is why today’s day is so important to me – Today is 20th of March – The International Day of Happiness! Today is the perfect day to share my post on the above topic. Until more later….

So, what exactly is positivity? Positivity is described as the tendency to have and maintain a positive, optimistic attitude towards life. If only everyone looked at life through rose tinted glasses, by looking at each failure or a bad experience as an opportunity – The world would be such a better, brighter and a happier place!

The world truly needs happiness, especially now! Harvard has a Positive Psychology class attended by about 20% of its students which focuses on teaching students to enjoy life and it’s journey. What’s more, the UN has declared the International day of Happiness to be celebrated on the 20th of March every year! It was put into effect because of Jayme lllien, Adviser of the United Nations who felt that the pursuit to happiness should be recognized as a human right and an important human goal. The very purpose of this day has been to fulfill the vision of a happier world, one small step at a time. If positivity and happiness weren’t important why would the UN bring this day into effect?

In today’s world, newspapers, news channels, journalism, gossips, etc. all revolve around issues that invoke negative feelings. We all wake up to newspapers that highlight negativity almost (70% of the times) first thing in the morning. Isn’t that a depressing start to a day?

Nowadays we see so many people suffering from increased levels of stress resulting into physical ailments. Reports show that even today’s children have stress which makes positivity an even bigger necessity and a challenge than it has ever been. The levels of happiness and positivity are being measured worldwide, country wise, which proves the importance of positivity.

Positivity and happiness have unlimited potential and power within them, which are, if not all, a lot of what the world needs to dissolve away all such problems. Think over it, just one compliment, one motivational quote or even a single good moment we come across in an entire day makes us so happy. The positive vibes end up transforming our entire day magically into a great one!

Happiness and positivity and can make the world a better place as these emotions make people feel really good – from deep within, unlike negativity. They make us feel great about ourselves, gives us hope for a brighter tomorrow, lets us enjoy and fully live in this present moment, makes us realize what’s truly important in our lives and transfers this positivity to the people around us – our tribe, the people we all love!

If a single person gains such benefits from positivity, imagine the huge effect if will have if all of the world’s population does so – this effect will be multiplied a million fold, making this world a positively charged one!

Here are five simple things that we can do to embrace happiness and positivity on a personal level;

1. Practice gratitude for the things we already have. (Even one thing each day can suffice!)

2. Meditate and exercise (In order to calm and relax the soul and body respectively.)

3. Practice journaling in your emotions. (This will help you monitor your thoughts and feelings in a better way.)

4. Notice the little pleasures of life and feel the joy that these provide you. (The beauty of the rain, the butterflies, birds, the sky, a rainbow etc.)

5. Remind yourself that your only competition is you. (Don’t compare your life with anyone else’s, just try to be a better person than you were yesterday.)

Remember that ‘you’ are enough to start a revolution. Embrace positivity and share it so that the people around you will follow in. One step at a time is all that the world needs to take to make this world our happy home!

Wish you a positive life. Love, Pooja 🙂

Since I began my blogging journey, I have bagged a few handful nominations for a variety of Blogger Awards. In spite of this, each new nomination leaves me with a new found feeling of happiness and gratitude. Every blogger loves to have his or her hard work appreciated as so much of work is required to craft each of those ‘nearly perfect blog posts’! 🙂 It feels amazing to be recognized for doing something that you really love to do.

This time, it is Helen from ‘Natural beauty with baby’ who has nominated me for this ‘Blogger Recognition Award’. She is a ‘mommy blogger’ who is mommy to lovely Jonah! She has this lovely blog where she blogs about natural skincare and feel good stuff and about her life with her little one! Do pay her amazing blog a visit. Thank you so very much Helen for appreciating my blog – my creative space! I am grateful. 🙂 Check out her Blogger nomination post here!

Just like every blogger award, the Blogger Recognition Award also has some fun rules as stated below;
1.If you accept your nomination, follow these rules and join the fun!
2.Thank the blogger who nominated you and leave a link to their blog.
3.Write a post to show your award. 
4.Give a brief story of how/why you started blogging. 
5.Give two pieces of advice you would give to brand new bloggers. 
6.Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to. 
7.Comment on each blog letting them know you have nominated them, giving the link to the post you have created.

Since this award is regarding Blogging recognition, it requires answering some questions that will aid newbie bloggers on this fun yet daunting journey! So here I am, answering away;

Q.1.) Why did I start blogging?
Ans. Blogging was something that I wanted to start on for quite some time. In spite of this, I was completely confused over finding and sticking to my niche. I wanted to be able to post stuff that I came across in life and to give the people who read it, an account of my experiences so that they can relate and know that someone else feels the same way too. I wanted to be able to help others and spread the positive vibes (a lot of negativity all over the internet already!) At the same time, I wanted to stay true to myself and practice positivity and gratitude in my own life. All these things started making sense one day and made me realize that I could start a blog based on positivity and motivation. My wish to look at life through ‘rose tinted glasses’ helped inspire the name for my blog too! Once I had the clarity to know what I wanted, it all simply unfolded and lead to www.poojasrosetintedglasses.com .

Q 2.) Two pieces of advice for new bloggers!
a. Stay hungry when it comes to blogging – This always helps bloggers at all levels, especially new ones. Blogging can be daunting and even a small thing can feel like a task. If you need to grow as a blogger, it is always great to be curious about what’s new within the blogging sphere. It also helps to read up some posts from the well known bloggers out there so you know what you are getting into and can understand how to decide on what to write.
b. Be true to yourself – Even if you look up to your blogging idols, it is never a great idea to mimic someone else’s blog. Staying true to yourself is the best way to go along on your blogging journey. Grow your blog by staying true to your purpose which led you to start your blog. This will help you find your unique place in the blogging community. Be clear with your ideas and post consistently – this will help people to take you seriously as a blogger by letting them know that you want to do something unique.

My nominees for the Blogger Recognition Award:
Here are a few of my favourites; the talented fifteen bloggers with amazing blogs whom I truly adore and look up to; 🙂

1. Laura – Petals and chains
2. Kaelin – Living in Saturn
3. Chloe – Diary of a lonely girl
4. Cassie – Zombie Goddess Beauty
5. Bria – Tendril Wild
6. Bre – Too cute for life
7. The Thought Scroll – The Thought Scroll
8. Lydia – Mademoiselle Women
9. Em – Out of Tea Bags
10. Linda – Circle of Daydreams
11. Maggie – Dreaming of Guatemala
12. Rishabh – Beyond the veil
13. Shruti – This is lit
14. Charlotte – Charlotte shares
15. Kristin – A little loveliness

If you do not want to put out a similar post, I do understand. This is just a mention to let you all know that I lookup to your blogs! 🙂

Thanking Helen once again for this! 🙂

Hello everyone!

Excited to be writing again. This week we have been having heavy rainfall here where I reside due to which many people are forced to stay indoors today. Have been working from home and catching up on reading and other good stuff; just like anyone would do like a holiday! 🙂

Today I am writing about the lessons that I have learnt during my fourth month of blogging! Gosh! How time flies.. It feels just like yesterday when I decided to start something entirely on my own, just for me; but thinking back on the lessons I have learnt over the months makes me feel like I have learnt soo much.

This last month has been so productive! I actually got off so many things from my blog’s to-do list which I had planned for this month. (If you haven’t read the earlier post, you might not have an idea what I am talking about here. Click

What I learnt during my second (almost third) month of blogging!

to know!)

The important things that I have learnt this month are:

1. Blogging is not easy: It takes a lot of organizing to build up a good blog.

2. Facing blogging problems eventually helps: I faced so many in this month but that was because I was deciding to make a change for my blog by treading on uncharted territory – still am! Trying to find out what you already know and how to improve on that knowledge will solve most of your problems and you will end up learning tons of new things which will help you in the long run.

3. That there are so very many helpful bloggers: Thank you! 🙂

Last month, I was pondering over some things which were;

1. Getting my blog on a self hosted platform and if yes, on which one – I can strike that off my list as I now have my blog on HostGator (Will add in the details regarding this in one of the coming blog posts!)

2. Consistent content generation and content promotion is something that I am still working on and am sure that it is something that will take a lot of planning and organizing. I have started with it but will take some time to get one that is actually possible to stick by in the long run.

3. Blog challenges seem great to commit myself too but they can be demanding! I am going to try to stick with a short one but sometime when I am not as busy as I am right now! Sigh..

4. I am trying to stick to two blog posts per week. Initially when I started this blog, I used to post a couple of times per week! That really gained me a lot of encouragement from all the bloggers out here but now I am trying to stick to one schedule of 2 quality blog posts per week!

5. Making my blog better with any changes regarding the theme, lettering, etc – Every blog gets better over time. It really depends on the person running it and how much he or she can make the blog appealing to the readers. I am happy with the way my blog looks at the moment and most of the people who read it let me know about it too! (Suggestions are welcome!)

This month I have made a little progress with crafting my blog schedule and am right on track with finding my tribe and am trying to create quality content that benefits both you and me! (Following up on the striking things that I learnt last month.)

Last month I set down some do-able goals for my blog as follows;

1. Learning and creating at least one useful printable (freebie)! – My very 1st freebie! I have created two and will soon be sharing one with you all soon! 🙂 Stay in touch to know more!

2. Treating my blog as an important business – I do! This blog started off as something that I wanted to create on my own and I am very serious about keeping it going in the long run. Getting in touch with as many lovely people I can and to make them feel positively about their lives is something that I really value and treat as important!

3 & 4. Structuring quality content & increasing my engagement with other bloggers – This is really a consistent goal for every month. Am working on this!

5. Look up on guest posting and decide if I should go for it – I did do this for this month! If you have not yet seen it click

🎉 My 1st Guest Post!!

to read it now!

Time to set new goals:

Since I found out that setting down blog goals helps me and my blog achieve some progress monthly, here is what I plan to explore in the coming month!

1. Figure out the entire idea behind email marketing and how it works and apply it to my blog!

2. Publish 8 quality blog posts this month!

3. Learn a little bit about CSS and HTML. (Important since I am now on WordPress.org and have to figure out the solution to every tiny thing that was easily possible in WordPress.com)

Wish me luck to achieve these milestones I have set for my blog and also let me know what you plan to do for your blog this month! 🙂

Let us all inspire and motivate each other to blog better and grow together as better bloggers!

Wish you a great day! Love, Pooja. 🙂

Hello everyone!

Hope you all are having a lovely day! 🙂

This post is going to be just a tiny one announcing a time for bigger changes on my blog!

I am sure that the issue regarding going the self hosted way or not is such a dilemma for every blogger out here. There are so many people out here who advice bloggers to have a self hosted blog since day 1. I pondered a lot over that and have decided to self host my blog.

My last post here was about blog changes but I decided to get my blog on a self hosted platform just after! Not that I don’t love the features WordPress.com offers – I love them! It’s just that I would love to know more about self hosting and enjoy more freedom to do what I wish to with my blog. 🙂

I have changed my domain to www.poojasrosetintedglasses.com and my data has been migrated on the new site too as I do not wish to let go of all that I have shared here and start over with a new blog. The final touches are being added to it and it will soon become active! Yay!

I would love to have all of you there, and be able to hear from you as well which is why I will be trying to migrate all of you, i.e. my followers, to the new website through the JetPack Plugin. 🙂 This way we will keep seeing each other’s posts too!

I am a bit nervous about this but I guess this experience will be a really fun yet a learning one. 🙂

Have a positive day, Love Pooja.

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Hello everyone!

Hope that you are having a good week! 🙂

This post is about the few changes that I made to my blog here. This beautiful image here is to show off my excitement (Yay!) 🙂

I was a bit skeptical about writing a blog post for this reason but it only made me feel that it was my duty to do so when it came to my loyal supporters and followers!

The change all started with the blog goals I set for myself for this month. If you don’t know about those, you can have a quick look over here.

In order to achieve my goal number 3 from that post; i.e. increasing my engagement with other bloggers, I started looking for ways to do so. I came across many people referring to Twitter as a great option, which is why last week I decided to increase my activity on my existing Twitter account on which I wasn’t active at all (just like so many people I know).

From my experience so far, let me tell you that Twitter has so many amazing bloggers and blogging communities who are as supportive as the WordPress community!

Twitter is where I met this amazing girl called Sophie who blogs over at https://socialinfluencer.co.uk/. She had an amazing offer up one day where she was offering free logos, headers and more for the 1st 50 people who responded to her Tweet! I was lucky enough to be one of them and she designed one for me for free right away! 🙂 I must say I am in love with it! Thank you so much Sophie! 🙂 If you wish to have beautiful headers and want to give your blog a makeover, do head over to her. Sophie’s your girl!

I slowly became a part of so many blogging communities on Twitter including the Girls Who Blog community; the one I guest posted on. I would love to mention the lovely blogging community, The Tea Cup Club, which actually let me ‘HOST’ my first ever Twitter blog chat and gave me the freedom to choose the topic too! I must say I was nervous at first but it was just so much fun! It was one of my many firsts since I started on my blogging journey!

Moving over to my theme! I loved the DIVI 2 theme which I had before! There was actually no problem with it but I just wasn’t satisfied with the way the posts were presented in little squares. I figured that it was because the DIVI 2 is for photographers and people who want to showcase and highlight their photos. I wanted a clean template which helped focus on my content for now which is why I decided to switch over to the Independent Publisher theme just yesterday and I am not disappointed. I love this theme! 🙂

In case you are thinking about making changes to your blog, I would urge you to go ahead and try out the many options available here on WordPress; am sure that you will find something that suits your liking.

So, that is actually it for today, until later! Do let me know about your thoughts regarding my new header and the theme! 🙂 Would love to know. Any suggestions are also welcome! 🙂 Also let me know what you think about Twitter and if you are on it, let’s connect! Click here!

Have a positive day! Love, Pooja! 🙂

 

Hello everyone!

Today is a day of great importance for all the Indians! It is India’s Independence day! Happy Independence Day to all the Indians out here! 🙂 Our country has officially spent 70 glorious years of being free.

According to the Oxford dictionary, the word Freedom means;

  1. freedom (of something) the right to do or say what you want without anyone stopping you.
  2. the state of being able to do what you want, without anything stopping you.
  3. the state of not being a prisoner or slave.
  4. the freedom of something permission to use something without restriction.

We need freedom at every step of our lives to be able to perform to the best of our abilities. This is of such crucial importance, especially to a country; which is why today is a national festival for all the Indians, including me, regardless of religion, caste, creed or any other difference.

My thoughts reach out to our brave freedom fighters and the many people who sacrificed their lives, dreams and families towards the purpose of achieving a bigger dream of a ‘free India’ into reality!

India has seen so many ups and downs from the moment it gained it’s independence and still continues to do so. We have so many things to be proud of across the globe but at the same time there are so many things that continue to pin us down, away from complete development.

India gave us the number ‘0’, the fundamental for the field of mathematics, it gave birth to the software industry out of nowhere, it has undertaken missions to Mars and to the Moon, was able to establish it’s own satellite system, taken up a drive towards a clean India and so on. We have a lot to be proud of!

As an Indian citizen as well as an Indian girl, I can say that there are still so many things that need to be done in order make the term ‘freedom’ really mean what it means to us! In spite of these notable achievements we still have grave issues to be tackled such as an extremely high economic difference between the rich and the poor, widespread unemployment issues, religious differences, gender inequality, lack of safety and security of its girls and a few more.

Here is one such link to an article I had written on the topic ‘Growing up girls’. It was an initiative by the World Pulse organization on the eve of the 5th annual international day of the girl child! Women all over the world had to submit an article, poem or any other content about women and how it was to grow up in their country and highlight the issues women faced globally.

On reading the entries posted there, I noticed that there are so many women that face similar problems irrespective of their country! It highlighted an issue that women need many laws to be implemented for the protection of their rights, safety and security; which is why I felt compelled to share my entry here – Growing up girls – My story as a woman with a voice in India!

Although I am fortunate enough to not to be affected by many of these issues, a lot of rural areas in India are still having a hard time tackling them. This Independence Day, I wish that India finds a sustainable solution for all these issues and make it a country every Indian is even more proud of!

Here’s to making India the land of fulfilled dreams for each of it’s citizens! Signing off on a poem by the respected Indian poet; Rabindranath Tagore from his collection of poems. This one speaks about his desire for an Independent India!

“Where the mind is without fear
and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been
broken up into fragments by
narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from
the depth of truth;
Where tireless striving stretches
its arms towards perfection;
Where the clear stream of reason
has not lost its way into the dreary
desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is lead forward by thee
into ever-widening thought and action-
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father,
let my country awake.”

Have a positive day, Love Pooja. 🙂

 

Hello everyone!

Its been a while since the last time I hit publish on a post! Hope you have had a lovely and positive week so far. If not, I am sure that things will turn out to be better! You can do it right!

On coming straight to the blog post here, I am sure that the title must have made you think. There are a lot of contradictory opinions on this topic. Many a people, ok, maybe sometimes, even me, believe that happiness is only possible when things are going right for us. Unless we come across that cloud with a silver lining, we do not truly feel happy from deep within. It is only human to feel this way.

But, does happiness really depend on money? Can the existence of money in our lives guarantee happiness? 

If you feel that it does, let me tell you that the most beautiful smile I have ever seen is on the innocent face of a child who knows nothing about money. Reflecting back on my memory of this happy child made me question what I used to believe!

Sure, money can buy you items that can ensure that you have a wholesome life. It can rarely buy the moments that can make one ecstatic or give one that warm glow of being happy. It can only buy you something that can make someone happy. So if your happiness is gaining money, you can find happiness with money!

Happiness is an emotion. It is priceless. No amount of money can buy us any happiness. One has to take that one crucial step on the journey to happiness if he or she wants to find any of it on their life path!

Science and the bestseller, ‘The Secret’, point out that having an attitude to gratitude and positivity help attract the life of our dreams. This shows that embracing positivity and happiness in spite of having even a few reasons to, leads to increased happiness.

Let’s all have a thankful and a grateful heart for all things that contribute to even a tiny thing in our lives. That way, we will never run out of healthy moments of happiness!

Here’s some wednesday wisdom on the topic;

Money can buy you a fine dog but only love can make him wag his tail.

You aren’t rich unless you have something that money cannot buy.

I have learnt how much happiness only money can bring you, very little.

Money can’t buy happiness, neither can poverty. Only a thankful heart can embrace it.

Money alone can’t buy happiness. It can buy something that brings happiness.

There is no correlation between happiness and amounts of money.

Money isn’t everything but happiness is.

Any thoughts on this topic? Do let me know!
Have a positive day! Love, Pooja.

Hello everyone!

It feels good to finally find time to write and connect with you all again! This has been a very busy and eventful week​ for me. Most of you must have had a busy one too. Sure, I had some new experiences and learnt new stuff but we all do need some leisure time – time just for us!

I haven’t been able to write a lot or even do anything apart from work. I have missed my ‘me’ time as well which is why, this week, when I have been called to work on a Sunday as well, it really made my mood fly out of the window!

Working on a Sunday is just sad which is how I am feeling right now. It’s just like dark clouds have rushed and covered the bright and cheerful skies and washed away my idea of a happy weekend!

But that’s when I decided to think about this in another way. Being a writer for a blog on successful living, I simply had to, didn’t I? I decided to be grateful for the fact that I had a job. The world has many people in it who are restlessly seeking employment opportunities, I was once one of them too. So now, when I have one, shouldn’t​ I practice gratitude for it? 

This very incident has inspired me to write today’s blog post! Can you think about the many useful and essential things each of us already has? Have we expressed our gratitude for each and every one of them? Let’s​ just name a few which each one of us is blessed with;

  1. The air we breathe in – It’s free and our very life is dependent on it and we all have it around us! But do we thank air? I think we should at least appreciate its presence.
  2. Food – The world has too many people who go to sleep hungry every single day. Practice gratitude for the food you are served.
  3. Shelter – Be aware of the roof over your head. Be a little more grateful if you own it!
  4. Water – The clear liquid which has too many roles to count in our lives. Have access to it? You are blessed.
  5. Education – A very important journey that can take you places. Be grateful because not everyone gets the means to study.
  6. Employment – Something that gives you an opportunity to trade your skills for money which can buy you independence! Be thankful for your job!
  7. Electricity – We all use electronic devices and currently you all are reading this blog which is possible only because of the device in front of you! Not everyone has access to such devices and technology.
  8. Happy moments – Be it a small happy second to a large happy event, remember that there was someone in the world who wished to have a reason to smile today!
  9. Loving people – Surrounded by people who love you, wish the best for you and prioritize you? Be grateful for their presence in your life and give them a call today!
  10. A purpose to live life – Whether it is to be successful in your endeavors, to achieve peace of mind or to maintain a beautiful home, having a purpose to live life is a gift. Embrace it and be grateful for it.

        To name a few, all of us have these lovely things which add meaning to our lives. Be thankful for their presence and make a promise to your own self to be grateful for all that you receive in this life – Be it good or bad, as good things are often masked as bad ones! 

        Learn to live life and to observe it through rose-tinted glasses! 😊

        Wish you a happy weekend! Love, Pooja.

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